From the Corps: A New Beginning
By Mia Lazarus
First Year Coordinator
Memorial High School, West New York, New Jersey
When I started job search, prior to graduating from the University of Maryland, I knew I wanted work in an organization that was making a difference in the lives of children. For four years I learned about public health and firmly believed that youth were our future and where the biggest impact could be made. Fast forward a few weeks, and I find HealthCorps. Never did I think I would find a job so perfectly aligned with the vision I had for my career path.
HealthCorps brings together such committed, and like-minded individuals in a way I have never seen before.
In my time in San Bernardino, CA for in-person training I experienced something rare. I spent five days with people who shared my passion, ideals, and hopes for the future, as well as excitement over helping others. I had this overwhelming feeling of hope at the end of training. I had seen something there that was special. I saw people devoted to a cause, and a fire inside each and every individual that would light up when they stood in front of students to teach them.
When I accepted this position to work for Healthcorps, knowing that I would not be among colleagues everyday was intimidating. I worried I would feel alone, and unsure of where to go when something wasn’t working out the way I planned. I shouldn’t have been so worried; the HealthCorps team is a constant source of reassurance, and a lifeline to grab onto with any question, concern or worry I may have. Knowing how much this group of people was here for me as a new coordinator put my fears to rest.
As I spend my last week before school starts preparing for my first day, I catch myself looking back on training in California. I think about all the advice I was given from my team members, and I think about all I have heard so far from those who have started school.
I anticipate a great year, full of challenges, and also rewarding experiences, and know that across the country I have a group of people experiencing similar scenarios and going through the same things. I know they are making a difference, I know they have my back, and most importantly I know they have their students and communities back, and that each school a coordinator has been placed in, is in the best hands.